From Thanksgiving to Christmas, the start of the new holiday shopping season means gun owners here in East Tennessee and across America have set yet another new record. For the second consecutive year, gun buyers joined Black Friday shoppers in record numbers.
Firearms dealers swamped the FBI with required buyer background check requests. In all, the FBI fielded more than 150,000 calls. That's a 20 percent increase from last year.
Many dealers attribute the rise to concerns about stricter gun laws in President Obama's second term. While the president has offered support for a renewed ban on assault weapons, some argue that in a way, he has actually helped gun owners.
"They say 'well Obama hasn't done anything against them.' In fact, he has increased our gun rights by allowing guns into national parks and monuments on February 22, 2009, and he did in fact do that, but that doesn't mean he is pro-gun," said Copy Reynolds.
An East Tennessee gun store says they also saw an increase in sales after the election earlier this month. The owner of Frontier Firearms in Kingston says his business is experiencing a 25 percent increase in gun sales since last year.